Destination Coventry
Destination Coventry

Destination Coventry’s Inaugural Tourism Conference 2022

The hospitality, tourism and leisure sector has to tackle two major issues as the industry continues to emerge from the Covid pandemic, a major conference has heard.

Around 100 leaders from across the sector attended Destination Coventry’s inaugural Annual Tourism Conference at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and heard from a range of industry speakers and panellists.

The event – hosted by Mash Media editorial director Martin Fullard – looked at a series of topics affecting the sector with a particular focus on recruitment and skills challenges and sustainable tourism.

A panel on recruitment and skills challenges, chaired by Fleur Sexton DL – CEO and co-founder of training company PET-Xi, analysed many of the issues facing businesses around hiring and retaining staff and how organisations were tackling those head on. She cited her own example – Metropolis Restaurant in Coventry – that was devised as Coventry’s only training restaurant and opened to give people struggling to get into employment experience of working in hospitality and offer opportunities to go on to find jobs in the industry.

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